Stressing Over the Summer Bod? That’s Only Making Things Worse

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Over a week into April, the mental ticking clock awaiting summer already active for the past few months. In most cases the countdown started at the beginning of the year, with gyms booming with new members and semi-familiar faces- and diet plans set strictly for every day from here on out. The harmful facet of this scheme for a “summer bod” is the fact that it is seasonal and seasons don’t last but only for several weeks- jamming a distressing nature to an otherwise helpful goal.

 

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The moment you open your social media accounts you’re likely bombarded with consecutive images and quotes denoting the perspective of the ideal summer body-muscles defined, skin tight and tan under the sun- that remains as a reminder of what this time around will actually really happen. Instagram and twitter are popularly flooded with posts to provide fitness and health inspiration. Sometimes posts show never before seen salads, and something-anything- with avocado slices and their recipes. Other items exhibit the toned flat tummy and firm bubble butt that crunches, weightlifting and squats can help achieve. Only problem is, many people forget that there is a long way to go before the destination, a journey that lasts not one week or month. These images for fitness inspiration- or fitspo- are well intended but often grasp someone’s focus based on an end result. Chances are as followers of these accounts many people intend to view such images several time within the day in order to push themselves toward the gym and away from the cookie, but what they are popularly seeing is only the final product. What many summer-bod-hopefuls do not realize is that the constant mindset on the end -without a realistic plan and follow through on how to get there- will only create constant self-assessment by comparison. This comparison and observing of a timeframe for obtaining the “after” image causes anxiety that backtracks from the goal.

 

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Excessive stress is consistently linked to anxiety, both of which are linked to overeating, lack of sleep and all of which work against mental and physical health. It’s an ironic and vicious cycle- the healthy goal you are trying to achieve is plagued by the idea of intending to achieve it and there’s a particular reason as to why -summer. The goal lays in the summer- not before or after-only within the scope of this particular season, causing every minute factor that seems to diverge from a plan or expectation to feel like failure. Stress generates from the idea that your new body will not arrive fast enough or on time –possibly leading to anxiety. Anxiety promotes negative thoughts that impede on the initial plans for how to achieve the fit frame in mind- one cookie turns into a whole box and promise to go to the gym later today turns into next week. Forgetting a gym regime and healthy eating habits is not surprising when consumed with mere ideas. Worry about a specific summer-sensitive look that is not released through exercise or other active steps, is the root of the harm. Not seeing results is frustrating and promotes the cycle – taking you nowhere toward that hot body and sometimes backwards.

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Via PhotoSpin

 

The motivational-positively challenging- aspect of reaching that tight and toned picture should be kept at the forefront. What may be of utmost help for certain individuals, is removing the extra stressor of making this a summer objective – especially for someone who is easily susceptible to anxiety. Altering this perspective could also help not only achieve the sexy figure in the long run but maintain it through every season- you want to feel hot all the time anyways.

 

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About Alison Cordero

I enjoy wandering and getting lost because that's the only way to discover new aspects about people, places, things and most significantly myself. I find inspiration in the various elements of travel, history, sports, fashion, music, movies and food. Writing is one of the most rewarding means for me to share my enthusiasm for the details of those inspirations.

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